“I wrote ‘California’ about somebody I beloved and needed to ship an invite to come back see me if he ever heard the tune – so this was written extra like a letter. Nonetheless, songs like ‘Abandonment’ and ‘Kitchen Desk’ are rather more like bottles thrown into the ocean – you write one thing extremely private and throw it on the market into the world. If somebody finds it and it might probably assist them get by one thing comparable, then I believe that’s what these songs are meant for,” says Minnesota-born somegirlnamedanna about her conversational lyrics and songwriting method.
Discovering her old flame of music on the age of 4 or 5 because of the vintage grand piano conveniently located in her household’s front room (“Apparently the piano was left on the home when my mother and father purchased it, and it was that magical door to my eternal journey with music. I might attain up and play little jingles I heard, and I at all times went right here after I felt unhappy. Simply enjoying the outdated keys, out of tune however imperfectly excellent, introduced me a lot peace from a younger age”), Anna cites literary position fashions as having been an essential affect. “I’ve at all times indulged in tales with fantasy worlds and quirky characters – writers like Lewis Carroll and E.B. White taught me the ability of storytelling and having an imaginative thoughts after I was younger, so I wrote tales with comparable ideas on the hour lengthy bus trip to and from college on a regular basis. I got here throughout poets like Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost in my pre-teens and I quickly grew to become fascinated with how poetry was written as effectively. I really needed to be an writer for many of my upbringing, however discovering music inevitably was going to drive me to meld the 2 collectively. Now I see the 2 as analogous, as each books and music can take us to the identical place of curiosity and imagery – they usually’re each as essential. After we’re going by such a tough time collectively this 12 months it’s actually essential to have these retailers the place we will unplug.”
And of the candid ‘abandonment’, which options on her debut EP, ‘twenty one, twenty two’, Anna confides: “I used to be going by a darkish spell mentally, and usually I might handle it through the use of writing as an escapism (a phenomenal instrument for escaping an issue, however not a lot for really coping with it) and I had just lately written ‘Kitchen Desk’ – the second tune I had ever written about my precise life. After my mum or dad’s divorce I had seen a therapist twice, each occasions not saying something, and I realised six years later that the ache growing in my coronary heart had bubbled up a lot I couldn’t ignore it anymore. Scripting this was so essential to me not solely as a result of I used to be capable of unlock the vault to the entire harm I had let construct up for years, however as a result of it impressed me to return to remedy and open up about psychological well being. Our psychological well being is so essential, and it’s not embarrassing or weak to go get assist for it – I hope to see widespread tradition proceed to normalise conversations about it.”
Persevering with to spend many of the remainder of 2020 in her hometown (“spending time with my family and friends and animals on the farm – as being residence has introduced me quite a lot of solace this 12 months”), Anna presents some recommendation from her tune titles under…
A FEW KIND WORDS TO THOSE TWENTY ONE GOING ON TWENTY TWO:
‘hi there i’m’ – Keep true to your self and at all times be unapologetically you.
‘monday’ – You must in all probability finish that relationship that you just’ve been stringing alongside, begin saving your cash, and go to the gymnasium… Nevertheless it wouldn’t be the worst factor on this planet for those who waited till Monday to do it…
‘critically simply cease’ – Should you’re not being handled proper, then bear in mind your price and that you just need to be revered. It’s okay to simply say “dude… cease” and transfer on together with your life.
‘abandonment’ – Generally it’s a must to be courageous with love even by your fears of it not understanding. Life is about taking dangers.
‘california’ – Lengthy-distance may be laborious while you love somebody, however see it as a possibility to work on your self. You by no means know what the long run holds, however you may management your personal life proper now.
‘kitchen desk’ – Respect your roots, the place you got here from and bear in mind to provide a hug to your family members.
‘inexperienced’ – It is nice to take day off, however you have additionally gotta get that inexperienced. Work laborious to play laborious.
‘actual individuals’ – Do not spend an excessive amount of time obsessing over social media, discover the true individuals in your life and put your time and power there.
‘people will likely be human’ – Don’t be a Karen. Love everybody for his or her lovely variations as a result of if all of us appeared and acted the identical, this world could be an extremely boring place. Be a lover, not a hater.
‘in case i die’ – All of us have an inventory of issues we need to do earlier than we go. Make them realities, as a result of we solely have one life!
Hearken to somegirlnamedanna’s debut ‘twenty one, twenty two’ EP right here and watch the music video for ‘critically simply cease’ under: